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16 March 2014

Shipmate News 17 March 2014

Pirates, poachers, daredevils and Americas Cup

Piracy close to Australian shores, Melbourne City Marina hosting Australian warship HMAS Yarra, a new Australian distributor for the world’s smallest PLB and Mathew Belcher named as Team Australia skipper for the Australian challenge for the Americas Cup.

That’s all just scratching the surface of what’s in this edition of Shipmate News, there’s plenty more. In fact this edition is jam packed again with marine news from around the country so, whether your interest is sail, power, industry news, or anything else associated with marine, you’ll find something of interest to you in this edition.

From the world of sailing; a round up of the 2014 Etchells Victorian Championship, details of the Sydney to Mooloolaba Race that’s back on Australia’s blue water calendar, info about Sail Mooloolaba and news about the Port Stephens Trophy and Commodores Cup, both components of Sail Port Stephens.

And from Victoria, a report that Fisheries officers issued 20 infringement notices on the Mornington Peninsula, over the Labour Day Long Weekend, for offences that included exceeding catch limits, taking shellfish from intertidal zones and taking undersize fish.

Now, before we let you sit back and enjoy the read, just wanted to remind you that we’ve now incorporated video on the shipmate website at and amongst the latest batch you’ve just got to check out the spectacular mast walk by daredevil Alex Thompson, it’s breathtaking!

We regularly update the trio of videos running on the home page so make sure you visit soon and check back regularly. Oh, and if you’ve got a cool video you think is worth putting up, make sure you let us know at  

Cheers, see you out on the water

John Zammit

Dubai Boat Show brings results for Australia

14 March 2014

Despite a slow start to the Dubai International Boat Show interest in the Australian Pavilion was high with all exhibitors either making sales or some excellent leads and contacts. Traffic was similar to last year and the quality of those who did stop in the pavilion was good. Alan Steber from Steber International said “Although the first... click for more

Piracy threats to shipping move closer to Australia

14 March 2014

Piracy risks and mega ships pose new risks for Australian businesses A new report by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) – the Safety and Shipping Review 2014 - has highlighted some increasing risks for Australian and New Zealand businesses involved in the international shipping trade. The report highlights the shift in the... click for more

Long weekend hauls in big catch of offenders

14 March 2014

Fisheries Victoria officers issued 20 infringement notices on the Mornington Peninsula (Vic) over the Labour Day Long Weekend for offences that included exceeding catch limits, taking shellfish from intertidal zones and taking undersize fish. Mornington Peninsula Senior Fisheries Officer Rod Barber said that despite heavy penalties, a minority... click for more

Melbourne's Docklands plays host to HMAS Yarra

13 March 2014

Melbourne City Marina in Docklands played host earlier this month to the Australian warship HMAS Yarra (IV). Proud descendants of the Ship's Company of HMAS Yarra (II) looked on as Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN proudly accepted the Unit Citation for Gallantry awarded to the crew of HMAS Yarra (II) for acts of... click for more

Something for all at SCIBS

13 March 2014

Not just for the yacht and boat enthusiast, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 22 to 25 2014, is a complete watersports showcase, with all manner of equipment, from entry point to high-tech, on show for water lovers of all skill level and inclination. The watersport segment is growing like wildfire, with sales of stand up paddle... click for more

Tonic releases Blue Mirror Limited Edition

13 March 2014

Tonic Polarised Eyewear, the new leader in high quality fishing sunglasses, has released a special Blue Mirror Limited Edition. Available in Tonic’s popular Evo and Shimmer frame styles, the Limited Edition is a stylish solution for high-glare conditions. The Blue Mirror lenses were specially developed for Australian anglers and outdoor... click for more

The winner is One Design at Etchells Victorian Championship

13 March 2014

Some have said that they find Etchells more than a tad underwhelming. True, Skip Etchells’ design is more than 40 years old, they have aluminium masts, Dacron sails and fractional, symmetrical spinnakers. That’s hardly the coolest stuff going around. However, when you have a different winner for nearly every race, the sport’s... click for more

Great Southern Marine appointed as Grand Banks dealer

13 March 2014

Grand Banks Yachts Limited has appointed Great Southern Marine as a dealer to represent the renowned international boat brand in Australia. The new dealership, headed by Todd Holzapfel, will take over the Gold Coast office previously directly managed by Hank Compton of Grand Banks. Mr Holzapfel has hired two existing Grand Banks employees... click for more

Yacht Controller JCS debuts at Sanctuary Cove

13 March 2014

The Yacht Controller JCS will be making its debut on the Horizon PC60 Catamaran at the Sanctuary Cove International boat show. With a simple movement of the hand, the Yacht Controller Joystick JCS allows simultaneous operation of the engines and of the bow and stern thrusters, enabling you to maneuver and move your boat in any direction... click for more

Mathew Belcher named as Team Australia skipper

13 March 2014

Maui Jim are thrilled to be a long time supporter of Australian Olympic and World champion Mathew Belcher, who on Thursday March 6th was unveiled as Team Australia’s new skipper on the Australian challenge for the 35th America’s cup at the christening of Team Australia’s AC45 catamaran in Sydney. Belcher, who won the 470 class... click for more

Marine15 partner announced

13 March 2014

The Organising Committee of Marine15 Asia Pacific’s biggest recreational marine business and safety conference and trade exhibition is pleased to announce Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) as an event partner. Marine15 is being held on the Gold Coast 3 – 5 May 2015. Organising Committee Chair Jeff d’Albora said... click for more

Club Marine signs on for Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show

12 March 2014

The Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show is pleased to confirm that Club Marine, Australia's largest provider of pleasure craft insurance, has signed on again as its presenting partner, for the sixth consecutive year. To be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds from April 4-6, the 2014 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show presented by Club Marine will... click for more

Pantaenius sponsors Port Stephens Trophy and Commodores Cup

12 March 2014

The Australian boss of the newest player in the boating insurance market, Pantaenius, is a well-known yachtsman who sized up Sail Port Stephens and decided it ticked a lot of boxes. Pantaenius has signed on as title sponsor of two components of Sail Port Stephens; the three-day Port Stephens Trophy April 11–13 for Performance Racing and... click for more

Once in a lifetime weekend proves a winner

12 March 2014

Dubbed ‘A Once In A Lifetime Experience’ a special weekend thrill package provided by luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo as a charity auction prize and a Sydney International Boat Show prize last year proved just that for three groups of Sydneysiders on the Gold Coast at the weekend. Two of the groups successfully bid $18,000... click for more

Free train travel for SCIBS visitors

12 March 2014

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) pre-paid ticket holders and accreditation pass holders will be able to enjoy free train travel to and from the event from May 22 to 25. The SCIBS team announced a new partnership with Translink this week, which will offer free train travel to and from the 2014 Boat Show on all regular Queensland... click for more

Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race back with a twist

7 March 2014

After nearly a decade absent from Australia’s major bluewater calendar, the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race is back. Sydney’s Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Queensland’s Mooloolaba Yacht Club have reunited as organisers and revived the Category 2 passage race. But there’s a twist. For the first time the once popular... click for more

New marina at St.Kilda Harbour opens

7 March 2014

On February 2nd Bellingham Marine, worldwide marina builder, and the Melbourne boating community celebrated the opening of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron’s (RMYS) new marina. Bellingham Marine was contracted by the club in February 2013 to build a new state of the art 250-berth floating marina facility to replace the club’s... click for more

Sail Mooloolaba 2014 opens for business

7 March 2014

Sail Mooloolaba 2014 is now open for business with the Notice of Race and On Line Entry now available. In 2014, Sail Mooloolaba has started on its way to becoming The premier multi discipline sailing event, if not the only multi discipline sailing event. Sail Mooloolaba is an event not a regatta with Six regatta’s within the... click for more

New Australian distributor for world's smallest PLB

7 March 2014

The manufacturer of the world’s smallest personal locator beacon, UK-based Ocean Signal, has announced the appointment of All Sat Communications as its new distributor in Australia. The Melbourne-based company, specialising in satellite communications, will have exclusive responsibility for marketing and supplying Ocean Signal’s... click for more

An odyssey for a Princess

3 March 2014

Princess Owners, Robert and Rose Unger last week embarked on a once in a lifetime adventure when they headed off on a cruise from Melbourne to Broome around the coast of Australia. The 7,000 mile odyssey on board R&R, a 72’ Princess Motor Yacht, started from their home port at Sandringham Yacht Club on Melbourne’s Port Phillip... click for more

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